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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Gliding | Buckminister Gliding Club

Life is for living. I am the type of person that has a bucket list, and there is nothing I love more than ticking things off my list. It could be something small, like trying out a new class or hobby, or it could be something big like visiting a new country. I am always hungry for adventure! My friends and family know I have no fear, especially when it comes to trying something new. For my 21st birthday my Uncle, surprised me with a generous Lastminute voucher. I have already been sky-diving and I thought it was about time I reach for the sky again.

My gliding experience took place at Buckminister Gliding Club. 

I was quickly took on site of the air field, and was greeted by friendly, experienced club members. Everyone was extremely welcoming, and enthusiastic about my first gliding experience. 
 I was so excited for my adventure to begin!
I was so shocked by how small the air crafts were. It was beginning to sink in that, what I would be flying in an aircraft, that would have no engine what so ever!
On the run way about to board the glider!
Front seat in the glider!
 The briefing was quick and we was soon set to go.
 Ready for take off!

After my gliding experience I had such a rush! Up in the sky my heart was thumping with adrenaline. I'm not one to be afraid of flying, in fact I love it, but there is something very nerve racking about flying with no engine or power.
See video here.

A little more in depth about my experience.

 Up in the sky, I felt like there wasn't nothing between me and the wind. The most nerve racking part of the experience, was remembering there is no engine/power. Nothing but wind, and skill to stop you plummeting to earth. We shot down the run way at high speeds and hit the sky almost vertically! This was one of the best parts of the experience, and I was lucky enough to do it twice that day. Once shot up in the sky, it is just you and the wind. Circling around in the sky was scary, exciting and beautiful. The views of the British countryside were breathtaking! Up in the sky, I was aloud to have control of the aircraft. This was terrifying. The pilot explained how to make the aircraft turn left/right etc, but he also showed me, how it would be like to fly up/down. Making the glider point down, so I was looking(and falling) to earth was a scary and surreal experience. That day I reached heights of 14000ft and got to glide around in the sky for approx 20 mins.
 Over all the whole experience was amazing. I love trying something new. Especially if it includes a bit of danger, and involves me seeing the world in as many different ways as possible.

Whats on your bucket list?
Much love, The Hungry Little Lady x


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